You have to take your hat off to Peter Ebdon. Does anyone in the game try harder?
Ebdon puts in so much effort that he could never be a prolific title winner like Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O’Sullivan or John Higgins because he has to use up so much mental energy.
But the sheer determination and guts he shows when his game is sharp makes him one of snooker’s all time great competitors.
By winning the Maplin UK Championship last weekend, he became only the ninth player to have won both the world and UK titles.
He joins an illustrious list: Steve Davis, Terry Griffiths, Alex Higgins, Hendry, John Parrott, John Higgins, O’Sullivan and Mark Williams.
Ebdon’s 9-7 defeat of Higgins in the semi-finals was the match of the tournament and one of the best of the year.
Well done to him, though it was a shame the final didn’t match the high standards shown during the event.